Wedding flowers ideas

Wild bridal bouquet in peach and white for April wedding
Wild bride
A bridal bouquet in vintage shades of pink, mauve and soft greens
Vintage pinks bouquet

Wedding flowers are a joy to design! Such an important day, and we are the right people to help create the fairy-tale look for your flowers!

The softer tones are definitely popular at the moment. We love the vintage shades in bouquets, including the gorgeous Memory Lane roses. The introduction of clematis to the cut flower collection adds the wild look, as well as Green Bell, which looks like Shepherd’s purse, with its tiny, heart-shaped leaves.

Eucalyptus is the favoured foliage, keeping the look very gentle. Astilbe is wild and wispy, and the spring ranunculae look like little peonies.

We recommend going for either the palest peaches with soft green and white, or the vintage pinks. They both have a very gentle, serene look.

If you’re having rectangular dining tables for your wedding or event, little clusters of vases look fab, perhaps interspersed with candles.

Circular tables can have a ring of flowers, surrounding a storm lantern with a candle, or filled with flowers.

It’s a good idea to create a Pinterest board for your florist, which can show the feel you want for your day – dresses, venues, flowers you love….

We have been supplying wedding flowers for over thirty years, and have seen all the changing trends – and returning trends! The best thing about now is the vast selection of flowers there are to choose from. From big Colombian roses to the tiniest, snowflake rosebuds, from indigenous, English country garden blooms to exotic orchids fron the Far East.

Meadow flowers

Meadow flowers in March
Foraging in July

We were expecting a quiet week after Valentine’s Day, but we were wrong!

There seem to be lots of corporate events taking place earlier than usual this year, possibly due to the Brexit effect, and all the uncertainty surrounding it.

Anyway, exciting for us to be given new challenges, and no time to feel the exhaustion from the week before!

Wild, natural and meadow flowers are very popular right now. If you’re looking for the natural look, but with flowers out of season, it’s a bit more tricky to recreate in the early part of the year.

Some flowers with all year round availability, like veronica and clematis, have a wild, natural look, with their delicate nature. But fresh grasses and seed heads are not available.

The first image shows the meadow bouquet we created this week, from cultivated flowers. The soft mauves, pinks, whites and yellows of a summer meadow, and the small, delicate blooms of wild flowers have been used.

This image shows what is really on offer in the garden at this time of year – wallflowers, japonica, myrtle, lavender leaves and camellia. The abundance of green, in all its various shades, is missing, and is replaced with blossom and leafless trees.

I’m working with a couple who’ll be getting married in July. I’ve seen the venue, and I know where they’d like flowers, but I hadn’t seen an image of the bride’s dress. They had described it to me. When I finally saw the dress, it was a reminder of how important it is to see the whole picture. The colours were not what I had envisaged, neither in shade nor in quantity.

My favourite time for flowers is in the summer, when we are surrounded by a profusion of green and flowers. Nature provides all the inspiration I need to create amazing designs.

My preference is always to add flowers to a backdrop of foliage, just like we see in the wild. The natural curves, gnarls – and even gaps, allow us to see the true beauty of their juxtaposition.






Get flowers for Valentine’s Day!

Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Get some beautiful flowers for Valentine’s Day!
Our diary is heaving, but we still have room for more orders, thanks to our brilliant team this year.
You can come and select your own bouquet at the shop at 3, Sicilian Avenue, WC1A 2QH, or call us to place your order.
I laughed when I read a comment on social media from an Irish florist this week: “Dick bought flowers for Valentine’s Day from a supermarket last year. Dick is now single”
If you want top quality, good design and a great choice of flowers, you can rely on a proper florist. Proper florists are dedicated and hard-working and often have an incredible knowledge. You may like to know the meaning of a particular flower or colour. We can help.
We also know which flowers are truly in season. We know what lasts well and what goes together in terms of colour and
flower species.



We will have best Red Naomi roses, as well as Kenyan Upper Class for those on a tighter budget. But our best-seller is always our signature bouquet – flowers
selected from the best available blooms, in a colour scheme of you choice – or leave it completely to us, and we will be happy to choose our favourites of the day.
We can aqua pack the flowers, so you have no concerns over the length of time out of water. Offices are inundated with deliveries on the day, so it’s wise to have the flowers delivered in water and in an easy to carry bag for the journey home.
We have an online shop, so you can order at www.stemsfloraldesign.com or give us a call on 07932 052411.
Even better, if you have time, come and visit our beautiful shop!
So when all the preparation is done – special food bought or restaurant booked, outfit chosen, that just leaves the flowers to make for a perfect Valentine’s Day!
P.s. Have you ever thought of bathing in rose petals?













Weddings, events and weekly flowers

Flowers for events
Flowers for events in London

Flowers, flowers! We’ve had a very busy week with a wedding, two events and weekly office flowers, as well as many visits to the shop for birthdays, leaving gifts, new babies, anniversaries and any other occasion that warrants flowers!

It’s been so cold this week, and the plants and flowers we keep outside the shop require at least 2 degrees, so we’ve had to keep them all indoors until the temperature rises during the day.

We’ve been using these lovely echeveria succulents in our arrangements this week, and cactuses too. The shapes and textures are amazing. Mixed with cut flowers and a selection of cut foliage, they demonstrate the huge choice of flowers we can enjoy nowadays – just like the food we have on offer. This is fusion floristry!

We prepared wedding flowers for a lovely young couple today – all white and green, with clouds of gyp, hellebores, lisianthus, Athena roses, alstromeria and Green Bell with eucalyptus. They were so laid back, and decided to go for a hearty breakfast before picking up the flowers. He offered to pay, she said, “thanks” with a brilliant smile.

Everyone longs for the arrival of spring, and we try to reflect it in our January weekly office flowers. The days are becoming lighter, a sign of warmer days on the way. We use lots of bright colours – yellows and oranges that make you feel warmer!

I love all the twigs and branches at this time of year. We have pussy willow, forsythia, twisted hazel and white blossom in stock. It adds another dimension to the arrangements, and can be used again and again.

If you are hosting an event in Central London, give us a call and we will guide you through how to choose the best floral displays within your budget.